Watershed year ahead for Lennoxtown

THE CHIEF Executive of Lennoxtown Initiative has predicted the building of a new £120,000 games and play area will mark the start of a 'watershed' year for the village.

Brian McAleenan believes the development in High Park, along with the installation of CCTV cameras in the village at a cost of 250,000, is a major step forward for the community.

He said: "There is no doubt that 2008 will be a very important year for Lennoxtown.

"We are just about to select the contractor for the High Park regeneration and expect the work to begin early next year.

"The CCTV is due to go live in January or February. There will be six cameras in Main Street and two in High Park.

"Once the cameras are in place at High Park the work on the games and play area will begin. It should be completed by the spring."

Mr McAleenan (pictured right) believes the legacy from the Lennox Castle Hospital site, which is due in March or April, will be another huge boost.

He said: "I know people in the village are frustrated that it has taken so long for work to start. The board members and I share that frustration. However, Celtic opened their training complex last month and we are continuing to work on long-term projects that are now within touching distance.

"I firmly believe that 2008 will be a watershed year for Lennoxtown."

Funding for the 40,000 multi use games area at High Park has been received from the Landfill Tax Scheme, via SCORE Environmental Limited, Strathclyde Police and Scottish Football Association.

The 80,000 cost of the play facilities has been met by funding from the Landfill Tax Scheme, AWG Ltd, Lennox Homes and East Dunbartonshire Council.